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Mayor Weekley Announces Grant For Paramedic Training (August 30, 2000)

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Mayor Jimmy Weekley announced today that the Key West Fire Department has received approval from the Monroe County Public Safety Division for $10,800 to train six firefighters as paramedics.

This funding will implement the first year of a five-year plan by the Fire Department to provide paramedic training to at least six firefighters a year.  The first six firefighters chosen will undergo training in Marathon beginning in January as part of a program instituted by Miami-Dade Community College.

“I am pleased that the county is providing this much-needed assistance to our fire department,” Mayor Weekley said.  “Paramedic certification will increase our emergency service medical capability.  I hope we can form a partnership with the county over the next five to ten years to secure such training for all of our firefighting force.”

The Mayor sought the funding from county emergency medical service coffers citing our growing tourist numbers and need for residents to have access to prompt paramedic services.

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